The Playboy Effect on the feminist mystique

Those centerfolds for modern feminism, Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, blame sexism for the Democratic presidential candidate's humiliating defeat last November.

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner (left) and future chief executive Donald Trump on the magazine's cover in 1990.

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2017 — Those centerfolds for modern feminism, Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, blame sexism for the Democratic presidential candidate’s humiliating defeat last November.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (left) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Clinton said the idea of a female U.S. president “doesn’t fit into the stereotypes we all carry around in our head. And a lot of the sexism and misogyny was in service of these attitudes. Like, you know, ‘We really don’t want a woman commander in chief,’” she told CBS News.

And when CBS’s Charlie Rose asked the frail and often-befuddled Justice Ginsburg if sexism played a “decisive” role in Clinton’s humiliating defeat last November, she answered, “I have no doubt that it did… that was a major, major factor.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with CBS’s Charlie Rose.

In answer to Ginsburg’s gynocentric worldview, President Donald Trump tweeted,

“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!”

Ah, yes! There goes Trump’s irrepressible male swagger.

Hugh Hefner edits his magazine during the 1950s.

It seemed an appropriate response in light of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner’s death that same day at the age of 91.

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner writes an editorial.

Back in 1990, Playboy put Trump on its cover. In his interview, the real estate tycoon made an observation that our current feminist duo, Clinton and Ginsburg, might learn from:

“If I’m doing a deal, I want to know how bad it’s going to be if everything doesn’t work rather than how good it’s going to be. I have a positive outlook, but I’m unfortunately also quite cynical. So, if all the negatives happened, what would my strategy be? Would I want to be in that position? If I don’t, I don’t do the deal. My attitude is to focus on the down side because the up side will always take care of itself.”

It’s apparent modern feminism doesn’t account for the possibility of failure. Might Justice Ginsburg convince a majority of her fellow Supreme bench-warmers to declare female fiascoes unconstitutional?

President Kennedy enjoys a pre-embargo Cuban cigar.

According to biographer Steven Watts, President John F. Kennedy’s “masculine mystique” was fueled in part by Frank Sinatra and his Hollywood Rat Pack, tough-guy novelist Norman Mailer, James Bond creator Ian Fleming and, of course, Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine.

In “JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier,” Watts writes:

“This new ideal promised to liberate men from old-fashioned restraints, push them forward into new frontiers of experience, and replace a standard of sober industriousness and social conformity with one of physical vigor, individualist ethics, cool elegance, tough-minded intelligence, and sexual adventure.”

But this male swagger came at a terrible price:

  • During WWII, a Japanese destroyer sliced the future commander-in-chief’s PT boat in half, saddling Kennedy in the process with excruciating, life-long back pain.
  • Kennedy’s successful confrontation with the Soviets over their deployment of short-range nuclear weapons in Castro’s Cuba may have been the last straw for Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his KGB, which some believe set in motion the Dallas plot to murder Marilyn Monroe’s presidential paramour.
  • Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee, who were instrumental in making the martyred Kennedy’s dream of going to the moon a reality before the close of the sexy sixties, were burned alive when an electrical fire ignited the oxygen atmosphere in their Apollo I crew cabin prior to launch.
Doomed Apollo I astronauts (from left to right) Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.

There are worse things than losing an election

When in 1952 Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson was defeated by war hero Dwight D. Eisenhower, he quipped, “It hurts too much to laugh, but I’m too old to cry.”

That was a distinctly male thing to say.

Modern feminism feeds women idealized notions of perpetual victories and happy endings. But victory is the product of hard work and risk – not entitlement.

Instead of embracing this reality, the no-swagger feminism of Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg telegraphs to the nation’s women, “You’re never too old to cry.”


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